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Senate cites 2 suspended BuCor officers in 'humanitarian' contempt

Oct 03, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Veronica Buño and Maribel Bansil are caught lying in previous Senate hearings as the National Bureau of Investigation presents the results of a digital forensic exam on their phones

GCTA FOR SALE. Bureau of Corrections officer Ma Benilda 'Maribel' Bansil cries before the Senate hearing after she was cited in contempt by the senators on October 3, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Puro sabaw': BuCor only uses P39 of P60-food budget per prisoner

Oct 03, 2019 - 12:15 PM

Since July 2018, the Bureau of Corrections has been spending an average of P13 per meal for each prisoner

MISMANAGEMENT? The Bureau of Corrections underspends its food budget for prisoners. PRIB Photo

DOJ: 52 qualified convicts released from Bilibid

Sep 28, 2019 - 11:53 AM

Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete says 35 more previously released convicts who should not have surrendered in the first place, have been verified for release

FREEDOM REGAINED. Convicts who surrendered upon orders of President Rodrigo Duterte regain freedo after authorities verified that their previous release is valid. Photo from DOJ

Newsbreak Chats: How gov't is handling the GCTA, BuCor mess

Sep 26, 2019 - 4:18 PM

On Thursday, September 26, the Newsbreak team sits down to discuss whether government is on the right track and what else it can do to full-proof the implementation of the GCTA law

BuCor officials released from weeklong Senate detention

Sep 19, 2019 - 5:56 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Richard Gordon says the officials have demonstrated 'some measure of cooperation'

NOW FREE. Three Bureau of Corrections officials were detained at the Senate on Sept 12, 2019 (from L to R): Bilibid hospital doctor Ursicio Cenas, BuCor legal chief Fredric Santos, and BuCor documents chief Ramoncito Roque. Rappler screenshots

BuCor officer turns around, admits texting 'GCTA for sale' witness

Sep 19, 2019 - 3:07 PM

Senator Richard Gordon urges suspended Bureau of Corrections officer Veronica Buño to cooperate with the Senate probe into the GCTA for sale scheme

BUCOR OFFICIAL. Corrections officer Veronica Buno at the 6th Senate hearing on the GCTA mess on September 19, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Even dead men listed in BuCor’s GCTA arrest list

Sep 19, 2019 - 12:39 PM

Metro Manila cops find two men already dead for years in the arrest list they received from the Bureau of Corrections

WRONG ENTRIES. The Bureau of Corrections lists men who have been dead and even convicts who were not released through the GCTA. File photo by  LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte orders 'total revamp' of Bureau of Corrections

Sep 18, 2019 - 4:45 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte plans to replace all New Bilibid Prison guards with guards from provincial prisons, says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

Photos inside the Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa during the visit of Pres. Benigno Aquino III on January 27, 2012. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

GCTA author wants convicts in prison drug trade ineligible for early release

Sep 18, 2019 - 4:35 PM

Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez says his proposed amendment would help ensure heinous crime convicts would not benefit from the GCTA law, which he co-authored

FIGHTING PRISON DRUG TRADE. Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez is a principal author of the GCTA law. Screenshot by Rappler

BuCor officials detained for contempt sue Senate at Court of Appeals

Sep 18, 2019 - 4:12 PM

The officials want Senators Gordon and Sotto to face the Court of Appeals and answer for their detention

DETAINED. Three Bureau of Corrections officials are detained at the Senate on Sept 12, 2019 (from L to R): Bilibid hospital doctor Ursicio Cenas, BuCor legal chief Fredric Santos, and BuCor documents chief Ramoncito Roque. Rappler screenshots

Ex-warden Gerald Bantag named BuCor chief

Sep 17, 2019 - 4:51 PM

(UPDATED) Gerald Bantag faced 10 counts of murder for a deadly explosion at the Parañaque City Jail. Senator Bong Go previously hinted he suggested a 'killer' as new BuCor chief.

Photos inside the Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa during the visit of Pres. Benigno Aquino III on January 27, 2012. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

BuCor to resume releasing qualified GCTA inmates

Sep 16, 2019 - 10:18 PM

But only prisoners who are not charged with heinous crimes and whose records are squeaky clean can be released now

(Left) Menardo Guevarra Secretary of Justice of Department of Justice (DOJ) and (Right) Eduardo Año Secretary of Department of The Interior and Local Government (DILG) sign the revise Implementing Rules and Regulation for Good Conduct and Time allowance at Department of Justice in Manila on 16 September 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] BuCor Senate hearings: Bakit pinalusot si Bato at Faeldon?

Sep 16, 2019 - 12:24 PM

The GCTA law is a complicated mess. BuCor is neck-high in corruption allegations. We can do without the politicking and vendetta, Senators.

Give DOJ direct control over BuCor – Drilon

Sep 14, 2019 - 6:41 PM

Former justice secretary and now senator Franklin Drilon backs the DOJ's proposal to review the law that only gave it 'administrative supervision' over the BuCor

SOLUTION PROPOSED. Senator Franklin Drilon also wants to review Republic Act 10575. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Guevarra: Give DOJ more control over BuCor

Sep 13, 2019 - 1:58 PM

The justice chief wants a review of Republic Act 10575, which 'diminished' the control of the Department of Justice (DOJ) over the Bureau of Corrections

BUCOR CONTROL. DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra floats a possible review of the BuCor modernization law that he says "diminished" the control of the DOJ over the bureau. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Senate detains 3 BuCor officials after 'lying' in GCTA probe

Sep 12, 2019 - 3:44 PM

(4th UPDATE) Bilibid hospital doctor Ursicio Cenas, BuCor legal chief Fredric Santos, and BuCor documents chief Ramoncito Roque are cited for contempt by Senators

'Palpak!' Ill-prepared BuCor list wrongly grants GCTA to Janet Napoles

Sep 12, 2019 - 1:42 PM

'Lalo lumalaki ang sunog, lalo nawawala ang tiwala ng tao sa gobyerno dahil balasubas pagkakagawa niyo,' Senator Richard Gordon castigates the Bureau of Corrections

GUILTY VERDICT. Janet Napoles emerges from the Sandigan bayan after after a guilty verdict was handed down on her plunder cases. File photo by Jire Carreon

BuCor’s GCTA arrest list ‘unchecked, rushed’

Sep 12, 2019 - 1:35 PM

'Yung list na 'yan, mabilisan pong pinagawa sa amin,' says suspended Bureau of Corrections documentations chief Ramoncito Roque

LIST LEGITIMATE? The documentations chief of the Bureau of Corrections admits the list of heinous crime convicts released through GCTA is not checked thoroughly. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

BuCor officer survives Bilibid knife attack

Sep 12, 2019 - 12:55 PM

The Department of Justice says the attacking prisoner suffers from schizophrenia

VIOLENCE IN BILIBID. A stabbing incident occurs inside the New Bilibid Prison hours before a Senate hearing on corruption that persists inside the prison facility. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Ombudsman suspends BuCor legal chief, 2 more execs in GCTA mess

Sep 10, 2019 - 1:07 PM

Legal chief Fredric Santos is preventively suspended for 6 months, as well as Technical Superintendent Maria Fe Marquez who signed the release order for the convicts in the Chiong sisters murder case

SUSPENDED. BuCor legal chief Fredric Santos is preventively suspended for 6 months without pay as the Ombudsman probes the GCTA anomaly. Photo by Angie se Silva/Rappler

Ombudsman suspends BuCor officials accused in 'GCTA for sale'

Sep 09, 2019 - 8:35 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The highest officials on the suspended list are Senior Superintendents Celso Bravo and Melencio Faustino, both heads of the Directorate for Security and Operations

Mr. Ramoncito Roque, left, and Corrections senior Inspector Roy Vivo take oath at the inquiry into the release of convicts thru GCTA. September 5, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Faeldon knew he needed DOJ clearance for Sanchez's release – BuCor legal chief

Sep 09, 2019 - 5:25 PM

But after sacked BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon flatly denies this at the resumption of the Senate probe into the scandal, legal chief Frederic Santos backtracks

INFORMED? Bureau of Corrections legal division chief Frederic Santos says he informed fired director-general Nicanor Faeldon of the DOJ Department Order 953. Photo by Angie se Silva/Rappler

Panelo on Faeldon: Just 'outwitted' by corrupt BuCor officials

Sep 09, 2019 - 2:33 PM

Despite ongoing probes on corruption in the Bureau of Corrections, Malacañang says it's likely Nicanor Faeldon was not involved in wrongdoing and was merely 'outwitted'

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bato dela Rosa eyed power to release convicts as BuCor chief – Guevarra

Sep 09, 2019 - 2:09 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says a letter coming from the Bureau of Corrections sometime in 2018 asked for the power to grant early release to convicts

PRISONS CHIEFS. Two former BuCor chiefs now senator Ronald dela Rosa, right, and the controversial Nicanor Faeldon before the resumption of the inquiry into the release of convicts through GCTA ON September 5, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte after firing Faeldon: I still believe in him

Sep 06, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Duterte calls ex-Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon a 'straight edge' and credits him for what he did as customs chief in the earlier part of his administration

TRUST. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte says in a speech in Cebu that he still trusts fired ex-Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon. Photo from Alfred Frias/ Malacañang photo

Dela Rosa classmate named BuCor OIC as gov't probes prison scandal

Sep 06, 2019 - 7:33 PM

Retired police general Ramon Buenafe of PMA Sinagtala Class of 1986 is entrusted with overseeing BuCor in the middle of a big mess involving good conduct time allowances of convicts

BUCOR OIC. Deputy Director General Ramon Melvin Buenafe is the Officer-in-Charge of the Bureau of Corrections amid GCTA anomalies. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Año: Even Bato dela Rosa should be probed in GCTA mess

Sep 06, 2019 - 3:56 PM

The DILG secretary says, all former chiefs of the Bureau of Corrections should be investigated

EX-BUCOR CHIEFS. Senator Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa and sacked Nicanor Faeldon, along with other former chiefs of the Bureau of Corrections, may face probes into their actions that led to the release of heinous crimes convicts. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Nicanor Faeldon's gov't posts and the controversies that trailed him

Sep 06, 2019 - 1:33 PM

Occupying 3 key government positions since July 2016, Nicanor Faeldon has had more than his usual share of troubles

Second day of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 3, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Gusto kong maiyak sa galit': Faeldon says first time to hear GCTA for sale claim

Sep 06, 2019 - 10:41 AM

(UPDATED) Dismissed Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon claims no knowledge of the alleged anomaly in the agency that he headed for almost a year

SACKED. Two former BuCor chiefs now senator Ronald dela Rosa, right, and the controversial Nicanor Faeldon chat minutes before the resumption of the inquiry into the release of convicts through GCTA. September 5, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Inmate's wife says she's victim of 'GCTA for sale'

Sep 06, 2019 - 12:53 AM

Bureau of Corrections officer Ramoncito Roque denies any involvement in the allegations. But Senator Richard Gordon says, ''Pag may usok, may sunog.'

EXTORTION? Miss Yolanda Camelon, wife of an inmate in NBP, gives her statement to the panel headed by Senator Richard Gordon, chairman of Blue Ribbon Committee at the senate hearing on GCTA. September 5, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Martires to PACC: Hands off GCTA probe

Sep 05, 2019 - 7:19 PM

PACC Commissioner Manny Luna wanted to exclude former Bureau of Corrections chief and now Senator Bato Dela Rosa from their probe, citing lack of authority to investigate a non-presidential appointee

GCTA PROBE. Ombudsman Samuel Martires insists sole jurisdiction in investigating Bureau of Correction (BuCor) officials over the aborted release of convicted rapist and murderer Antonio Sanchez related to his good conduct time allowance (GCTA). Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

BuCor skipped DOJ approval for release of Chiong murder convicts, drug lords, Sanchez

Sep 05, 2019 - 3:06 PM

Senator Lacson points out that the correct procedure was followed in releasing Chinese drug lord Chen Chang in June, but not in the case of other convicts

BUCOR. (L-R) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra,  sacked BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon, BuCor legal chief Fredric Santos, and BuCor technical chief Maria Fe Marquez attend the Senate hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'I can soundly sleep,' says Faeldon after sacking

Sep 05, 2019 - 10:29 AM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the dismissal of Nicanor Faeldon is an 'initial step to prevent the spread of a dangerous wildfire'

GOODBYE. Sacked Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon bids goodbye to his staff immediately after President Rodrigo Duterte fired him over the aborted release of convicted rapist and murderer Antonio Sanchez. Photo courtesy of Jose Diño

Duterte fires Nicanor Faeldon as BuCor chief

Sep 04, 2019 - 6:29 PM

(4th UPDATE) Public outrage over the early release of heinous crime convicts costs Faeldon his latest government post

THE AXE. BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon gets fired amid the GCTA law mess. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

'Obviously lying': Senators don't believe Faeldon

Sep 04, 2019 - 1:21 PM

Will Faeldon survive this controversy unscathed?

GCTA CONTROVERSY. Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon was put on the hot seat at the second day of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 3, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte to decide fate of Faeldon, BuCor officials after GCTA law hearings

Sep 03, 2019 - 7:53 AM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says while the hearings are going on, its status quo for Faeldon and the other Bureau of Corrections officials

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Good conduct time allowance may be for sale inside Bilibid – Hontiveros

Sep 02, 2019 - 1:16 PM

Faeldon says he does not believe he should resign

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

On Sanchez release: Faeldon says he just followed GCTA guidelines

Sep 02, 2019 - 12:52 PM

'The application of the law, that was explained to me, does not distinguish,' says Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon as he insists on following the guidelines on inmates' early release regardless of crime committed

CHIEF. Erstwhile Customs chief and now Bureau of Corrections director general Nicanor Faeldon attends the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Faeldon ordered Sanchez release, but stopped it after outcry

Sep 02, 2019 - 11:58 AM

A similar release order for the convicts in the 1997 Cebu Chiong sisters rape slay case has been completed. The convicts are now free, Faeldon confirms.

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte names new BuCor deputy director amid GCTA law mess

Sep 02, 2019 - 10:25 AM

Newly retired army general Milfredo Melegrito gets a key post at the embattled Bureau of Corrections

Photos inside the Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa during the visit of Pres. Benigno Aquino III on January 27, 2012. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

On eve of Senate hearing, Faeldon hits 'grudge-bearers'

Sep 02, 2019 - 8:28 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The embattled BuCor chief attends the Senate hearing on the aborted Sanchez release. He insists he did not order the release of Antonio Sanchez.

IN ATTENDANCE. Bureau of Corrections Chief Nicanor Faeldon shows up at the Senate for a hearing on the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) and the aborted early release of convicted murderer and rapist Antonio Sanchez. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Senate panel demands Faeldon appear at GCTA law hearing

Sep 01, 2019 - 2:28 PM

(UPDATED) Opposition senators call for Nicanor Faeldon's removal as Bureau of Corrections chief due to the controversies brought by the inclusion of rape-slay convict Antonio Sanchez in the list of inmates set for early release

BUCOR CHIEF. Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon speaks during an interview at New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on August 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Sotto: Duterte must revamp Bureau of Corrections

Aug 31, 2019 - 4:45 PM

(UPDATED) 'This travesty of justice is condemnable!' Senate President Vicente Sotto seethes on Twitter, following reports that the Bureau of Corrections released convicts in high-profile cases

SENATE PRESIDENT. Senate President Vicente Sotto III presides a session at the Senate. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Judge who sentenced Antonio Sanchez asks Panelo to resign

Aug 28, 2019 - 11:07 PM

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says he has nothing to do with the possible early release of convicted rapist and murderer Antonio Sanchez

ANTONIO SANCHEZ. Convicted former mayor of Calauan, Laguna Antonio Sanchez is seen inside the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on August 22, 2019. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Faeldon denies ordering Sanchez's release – DOJ

Aug 27, 2019 - 9:52 PM

The family of Antonio Sanchez claims to be in possession of a Bureau of Corrections release order dated August 20

CONVICT. Rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez (center) may not step out of the New Bilibid Prison soon. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

DOJ may suspend GCTA processing pending review of guidelines

Aug 24, 2019 - 3:52 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra considers suspending the computation of the good conduct time allowance of convicts while the Bureau of Corrections 'firms up' its guidelines

JUSTICE CHIEF. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra responds to questions in a press conference. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

BuCor changes tune: Sanchez may not be freed soon after all

Aug 22, 2019 - 2:07 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon says rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez may not be qualified for earlier release because of his display of 'some not good behavior' in jail

Convicted former mayor of Calauan, Laguna Antonio Sanchez is seen inside the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on August 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

CHR: Improve jail management to prevent crimes inside prisons

Mar 06, 2019 - 5:22 PM

'The goal of prisons should be to reform persons deprived of liberty, to uphold human dignity while being accountable for their faults,' CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia says

Inside the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016.

Faeldon no-show at BuCor? ‘No official appointment yet’

Nov 12, 2018 - 4:06 PM

It was Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra who sounded off the media to Faeldon not showing up for work

BUCOR CHIEF? Nicanor Faeldon says there are no official appointment papers yet for his supposed new job as the new chief of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor). Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Nicanor Faeldon to take over Bureau of Corrections

Oct 12, 2018 - 12:58 PM

The former Bureau of Customs chief may soon be back to heading a government agency

NEW ROLE. OCD deputy administrator Nicanor Faeldon will now head the Bureau of Corrections. Malacanang file photo